Watermark on the Fringe: “Pianos to the Death Game Show”

By : Danny Garcia
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A flamboyant game show host named Morgan (who resembles Powerline from “A Goofy Movie”) and his two minions, Joy and Harmony, lead you through “Pianos to the Death Game Show,” a literal battle to the death game show featuring three contestants. The music is chosen by  audience members as they spin the digital wheel on a handheld tablet to choose the song categories where the contestants must sing for their life.

The show, calling to mind fight-for-your-life films like “The Running Man” and “The Hunger Games,” is a blend of a dystopian future world and a dueling piano bar.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “SCUM: A Manifesto”

By : Kathy Ruiz
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Scantily Glad Theatre, which hails from the Canadian prairies, makes its debut at the Orlando International Fringefest with “SCUM: A Manifesto.”

The show seamlessly alternates between two storylines – one of Valerie Solanas, the mother of radical feminism and the woman who shot Andy Warhol, and the other of present day college roommates studying Feminism for their genders studies class. Upon discovering the manifesto, the roommates become engulfed in replicating Solanas’ Society of Cutting Up Men. The show delves into topics of sexism and features an exploration of sexuality.

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Lauren & Amanda Do It”

By : Layla Ferris
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Imagine a late-night talk show written by two best friends who just finished a bottle of wine.

That’s the playful and high-energy vibe Lauren Cauchy and Amanda Logan give off during their show “Lauren & Amanda Do It.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: “Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy”

By : Danny Garcia
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Comedian DK Reinemer tackles Hollywood’s biggest action film stereotypes and cop comedy cliches in his one-man show, “Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy.”

Reinemer plays by-the-book Tampa police officer Mark who, through a comical opening sequence, ends up letting the bad guys get away. Reinemer  also plays the Chief, Mark’s superior who is angered by the situation but offers Mark a chance to redeem himself by going undercover to investigate a male strip club named The Meat Locker where the strippers may be moonlighting (or is daylighting?) as bank robbers. Mark’s mission: infiltrate the group, gain their trust and crack this case without screwing up… again.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Wanzie’s “Monorail Inferno”

By : Danny Garcia
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Disney’s aging monorail system — a tram that transports guests around Walt Disney World — pops up occasionally in the news with technical issues such as doors not opening, trams getting stuck and, in one tragic case, the death of a Disney cast member when two of the trams collided. But before any of that, there was one major monorail event that occurred on June 26, 1985 which inspired Michael Wanzie to create a musical called “Monorail Inferno.”

Originally premiering at the Parliament House’s Footlight Theatre in the 1980s and revived from the ashes about ten years ago, this musical comedy (which hits some serious dramatic notes as well) returns with showings in Orlando Fringe’s Silver Venue.

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05.03.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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This past weekend officially kicked off (at least for me) the summer season with the release of “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters. No spoilers, I promise, but at the time of writing this I have seen the film three times and it may be the greatest movie ever made. From here on out until July—along with a few more weekends of blockbuster cinema—we have Fringe, Orlando’s Big Gay Weekend, Pride month and my birthday among the events to look forward to.

Since starting here at Watermark as an account manager for the sales department more than five years ago, I have developed quite a few traditions within the LGBTQ community.

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Blue Star puts gender fluidity in the spotlight with The Lady Boys of the Peek-A-Boo Lounge

By : Jeremy Williams
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Orlando performer Blue Star is one person who embodies empowerment and being comfortable in your own skin. Blue came to Orlando in 2000 to attend Full Sail University after a successful dancing career in Atlanta and New York. She planned to stay for just 13 months; she never left. In 2012, Blue opened the theater The Venue.

“I just wanted a place to put on my shows,” Blue says. “But as I say now it’s not my Venue anymore, it’s Orlando’s Venue. It’s a safe place for performers to try out new things and new shows and take risks and really grow themselves.”

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Savoy Orlando’s Starlite Room gets into the theater game

By : Jeremy Williams
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Savoy has been the LGBTQ bar with a small town feel for more than a decade. In fact, it celebrates 13 years as Orlando’s small town gay bar this month.

In the last few years Savoy has undergone renovations and upgrades to its interior, and while the main bar has maintained its success with cool drinks and hot dancers, the other half has struggled to find its identity. Enter Orlando’s theater god Michael Wanzie.

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Watermark on the Fringe: PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along

By : Danny Garcia
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As one of the patrons on my ride said, PeeVira’s SCAREavan Sing-along is “the Fringe-iest show she’s done.”

The show is limited to a group of six or seven passengers who, after signing legal waivers, are handed a microphone and board the back of a windowless white SCAREavan that has a bloody shower curtain inside reading “Free Candy.”

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Watermark on the Fringe: ButchQueen

By : Danny Garcia
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You know you’re in store for something loud when you’re offered ear plugs during the pre-show, and that is not a bad thing.

It’s opening night for the washed-up ButchQueen and her band Bad Habits at a grimy bar called The Watering Hole, and they are ready for a wild ride of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Psycho Mode

By : Danny Garcia
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Who’d a thunk it? The music of synth band Depeche Mode would so perfectly fit with the story line of Psycho, although sometimes it was more of the music than the lyrics which fit best.

Originally a novel released in 1959, Psycho was made into a hit horror/thriller film in 1960 directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Anthony Perkins with Janet Leigh, which this jukebox musical stage adaptation seems to be mostly based on.

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Watermark on the Fringe: Gay Jeopardy – the Gayest show on Earth

By : Danny Garcia
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“What is funny gay stereotypes played up to the highest level for our viewing pleasure?”

Gay Jeopardy is a parody on the more straight-laced Jeopardy. Hosted by the boozy old queen, Donald Diamonds (Bob Hay) and emceed by his partner Ricky Rhinestones (Stuart Nichols), the show welcomes the colorful trio: the glittered twink with dreams of stardom Xavier (Cody McNeeley), the fashion diva Aunderay (Domino Thomas) and the ultra-conservative Christian puppet show performer Ella May (Stan Madray).

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